ALBANY, NY – Cattaraugus County will receive a $663,916 state grant to upgrade technology and improve emergency communication systems.

The funds are part of a $45 million State Interoperable Communications Grant announced Wednesday by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo,

“This critical funding will improve the quality and efficiency of emergency response capabilities across New York, while supporting the brave first responders who put their lives on the line every day to protect their neighbors and their community,” Cuomo said.

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The grant, which is administered by the state Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, will enable local governments to expand communication and improve their ability to exchange data and streamline information to enhance collaboration and assist first responders.  

“Improving public safety by incorporating new technology into our firefighter, police and emergency medical provider’s operations is laudable,” said. Sen. Catharine Young, who represents the Greater Olean area in the state Senate. “We need to support our first responders so that everyone has the highest quality emergency services.”